Forbes has released its annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2017, and some of the amounts listed are staggering.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo came in at No. 1 for the second straight year, thanks to his hefty salary and endorsements. His earnings increased by $5 million in 2017, bringing his total annual earnings to $93 million.
The list unsurprisingly had striking similarities to ESPN’s ranking of the year’s most famous athletes, including an identical top 3 of Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lionel Messi.
Stars like Tom Brady and Ryan Lochte may be household names in the United States, but that doesn’t necessarily hold true throughout the rest of the world.
ESPN revealed the 2017 edition of its annual World Fame 100 ranking on Tuesday, listing the top 100 most famous active athletes on the planet.
For the second year in a row, soccer asserted its place as the most popular sport on Earth, with 3 of the top 10 most famous athletes being footballers. Tennis, golf and basketball were close behind with 2 stars each.
Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, also landed a spot in the top 10.
Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most popular soccer players in the world, was celebrated on Wednesday when the airport on his home island in Portugal was renamed in his honor.
Part of the rebranding ceremony for Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport involved revealing a bust that had been sculpted in the star athlete’s likeness outside the terminal.
At least… it was supposed to be in his likeness.